Hajime’s Shibari: Japanese Rope Bondage

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Name: Anastasia Hassiotis

Concept: Pleasure

Sub- Concepts: Pain, power, movement, sensation

Region: Japan

Description: The Shibari culture in Japan is an ancient tradition where men (rope masters) tie up women using a red rope bondage as a way to connect, while women experience pleasure and pain. Hajime is a rope master who has been particing Shibari for years now and has recently used this tradition as a form of avant –garde art. He also displays his photography on his website in an attempt to make people, especially the Western culture, understand this form of art that goes back into centuries.

Interpretation: There are a lot of interpretations people have when it comes to the concept of pleasure, however the Shibari art is something that a lot of people would find hard to understand as pleasurable. The reason behind that is that the norm usually excludes any sort of pain involved in pleasure and pleasurable experiences, while tying up someone to provide pleasure involves pain, movement, while the rope master is the one in power. In order though to understand this form of art and whether or not there is actual pleasure in it, it is very important to look deep into the point of view of the ropework and in particular what do the people who practice it consider it to be and what do they experience. For example, Hajime himself mentions that people do not understand this art because they don’t really know anything about it and what he says that people should know is that there is a connection that arises between the rope master and the woman during this experience. Moreover, he says that you have to care more about the model than yourself and you should always feel a sense of love when you’re tying up someone. When interpreting these comments using the concept of pleasure, it seems that people often do not consider the love connection that actually exists between the partners and that is very important because the women need to feel this way in order to fully trust the rope master and thus let themselves feel pleasure. The concepts of power, pain and movement combined produce a higher sense of pleasure to the participants, greater than what an actual “typical” pleasurable moment would do.

Link: http://thedialoguechronicle.com/hajimes-shibari/

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